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23 November, 2020  // Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev, the 4th best tennis player in the world, won the 2020 ATP Finals, only the second Russian in history. In 2009, Nikolai Davydenko did it. Medvedev also became the first to beat the top three players in the world during it - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Dominik Thiem.

6 November, 2020  // As of September 30, 2020, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the number of foreigners legally working in Russia decreased to 1.8 million (one year ago - 2.3 million). These are mainly citizens of the former USSR countries, who returned to their homeland due to the pandemic and quarantine restrictions.

16 October, 2020  // The Russian Government has twice worsened the estimate of the reduction in the total population of Russia in 2020 - to 352.5k people, 10 times more than in 2019. According to Rosstat, in January-August, the natural decline has already reached 346.9k people, for the same period in 2019 - 219.2k people.

14 October, 2020  // According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, the summer tourist season in the country was better than expected, the drop in tourist flow was only 30% against the projected 50-70%. Krasnodar Krai has been visited by about 9 million tourists, Kaliningrad - 1.7 million (30% more than in 2019).

7 October, 2020  // In 2021, citizens of 52 countries (Germany, India, Italy, Spain, China, France, Japan, etc.) will be able to visit Russia using a single e-visa ($ 40, up to 16 days, all regions) issued online for tourist, business, humanitarian, and guest trips. No documents confirming the purpose of the trip are required.

21 September, 2020  // In the first seven months of 2020, according to RIA Novosti, consumer demand in Russia decreased by 6.7% compared to the January-July 2019 result. Consumer demand was assessed as the sum of retail trade turnover, the volume of paid services to the population, and people's spending on cafes and restaurants.

31 August, 2020  // According to FinExpertiza, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Kemerovo Oblast, and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug topped the list of Russian regions with the most polluted air. Moscow took 16th place and St. Petersburg - 35th. In 2019, about 22.7 million tons of pollutants were emitted into the air in Russia. Enterprises (mainly metallurgical) generated about 75% of emissions, vehicles - 25%.

26 August, 2020  // On August 25, 2020, after 85 years of operation, the last regular trolleybus routes in Moscow were stopped. As a sign of respect for the trolleybus, the city administration decided to leave one route with two retro trolleybuses - from Komsomolskaya Square to Novoryazanskaya Street.

12 August, 2020  // In Q2 2020, according to Rosstat, Russia's GDP fell by 8.5% in annual terms. The passenger turnover of transport fell by 79%, the public catering sector - 48.9%, retail turnover - 16.6%, the industrial sector - 8.5%. At the same time, production growth in agriculture was 3.1%.

30 July, 2020  // The Federal Penitentiary Service has compiled a list of the most read books among convicts: Master and Margarita (Bulgakov), Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky), Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas), War and Peace (Tolstoy), Three Musketeers (Dumas). In total, there are 1,137 libraries in Russian correctional institutions with more than 5 million books.

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